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Endimione: favola per musica da recitarsi nel Reggio Teatro di Torino. Alla presenza della loro A.A. R.R.Turin, Giovanni Battista Fontana, 1699. 12mo. With the woodcut coat-of-arms of Victor Amadeus II, Duke of Savoy on the title-page. Contemporary stiff wrappers covered with gold-brocade paper.
B. Forment, "Moonlight on Endymion: in search of 'Arcadian opera,' 1688-1721", in: Journal of seventeenth-century music XIV(2008), pp. 1-36, the present ed. at p. 16; ICCU (2 copies); KVK (3 copies, including the same 2). Very rare libretto printed for distribution to the audience at one of the earliest performances of the 1692 Arcadian opera Endimione, based on the classical Greek myth of Endymion and written in Italian verse by Francesco Lemene (1634-1704). It includes extensive additions to the text that probably appear here for the first time, making it an essential source for any study of the myth's history and development. It may also be the only edition to name the creators of stage sets for the opera, designed for the 1699 Turin production by Ferdinando Galli Bibiena (1657-1743), a well-known architect, designer and painter in service of the Duke of Parma, and executed by Pietro Gio[v]anni Abbati (1683-1745), who had been his apprentice and was active in Parma and Turin. Endymion as revived in the 1690s has been called "a paradigm of the earliest operatic endeavors of the Arcadian Academy" (Forment). The Accademia degli Arcadi was a utopian reaction against the Baroque, attempting to turn Italian culture back to its glorious Renaissance roots. Directly or indirectly it probably inspired many of the later renditions of the Endymion story, including Bach's 1713 Hunt Cantata and Keats's 1818 poem that begins, "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever".Owner's inscription. With a faint water stain at the foot in the first 2 quires, minor foxing, small defects in the paper of 1 leaf, and some small black spots on the title-page, but still in good condition. The wrappers are slightly rubbed with a couple bent corners and an occasional small tear or stain, but also in good condition.
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